Friday, April 01, 2011

WEGO Health Activist Prompt 1: Acrostic

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For the month of April I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Prompts. If you'd like more information or want to participate, too, please visit: Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.

Today's (Friday, April 1, 2011) challenge is to write an acrostic using the letters in the word HEALTH. An acrostic is a "form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message."

I initially though of some really sarcastic, flippant options for spelling out the word HEALTH, but wanted to dig a little deeper and give the idea more thought than that. I settled on spelling out some of the struggles I deal (or have dealt) with in my health.

H - Help. Needing to ask for help is burdensome and embarrassing. I hate it.
E - Extensive. My problems are extremely complicated, and it can be frustrating that the best treatment option for one condition makes another condition worse. It's hard to find the right balance.
A - Acceptance. It is difficult to become accepting of health issues, but there is a great deal of peace and less suffering if you can get there. I'm accepting of most of my limits, but still have work to do.
L - Lazy. I feel like a lazy person because of the limits imposed by my health issues. I know in my head that's not true, but my heart hasn't accepted it yet.
T - Tired. I'm tired because of my illnesses and I'm tired of being sick. I miss having energy and feeling vital.
H - Hope. To leave things on a positive note, despite becoming accepting of my situation, I still have hope that things could change for the better any time. I also grow more adept at handling my situation every single day, which is a great reason to continue to hope.

Can anyone else relate to my words? What would your acrostic look like?

Acrostic - Wikipedia

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